High water postpones ‘Redneck Regatta’ in Livingston

The Redneck Regatta — the homemade boat race in Livingston Parish originally scheduled for Saturday — has been postponed to June 7.

Regatta coordinator Leesha Gleber said the race, which takes place on the Tickfaw River, had to be rescheduled after the parish’s Office of Homeland Security closed the parish’s waterways through the weekend due to rising water, heavy currents and continued bad weather.

“We have people coming in from out of town and even out of state,” Gleber said. “It’s hard to reschedule large trips like that, especially if you’re hauling a boat.”

However, the postponement will give people more time to test their boats or build new ones, she said.

The race, in its second year, features homemade boats racing 100 yards down the river.

The boats will race under three categories this year — cardboard and duct tape, pirogues and canoes and “anything goes” — after pirogues swept last year’s contest, Gleber said.